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An interesting 25 mile stretch of AZ Highway 79 between Florence and Oracle Junction.

Traveling south from Florence, you will gradually see the terrain change from dry low desert to... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
ivgotit2
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Oracle, Arizona
Beautiful alternative route between Phoenix and Tucson

Instead of driving on boring I-10, take this former main route (Rt. 179) through the tranquil... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2016
CBW47
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Yorktown, VA
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A scenic highway great for viewing wildflowers in the spring.
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

Traveling south from Florence, you will gradually see the terrain change from dry low desert to high scrubland. Beautiful vistas of the desert and sky-islands in the distance. Interesting cacti such as saguaro, organ pipe and cholla. Memorial at the spot on the road where...More

Thank ivgotit2
Reviewed 17 February 2016

Instead of driving on boring I-10, take this former main route (Rt. 179) through the tranquil desert. It goes near Casa Grande Ruins NP, worth a visit. Stop at the touching Tom Mix memorial, with a nice picnic area adjacent. It goes through the small...More

Thank CBW47
Reviewed 18 September 2015

Taking this road since the '50s before I-10 was completed. Now I do an annual bike ride to Tucson on this road. Much more lush landscape than I-10 and places to stop along route like the Tom Mix memorial, the amazing Greek Orthodox compound south...More

Thank br0za1205
Reviewed 21 March 2013

The landscape of wild desert plants on a 17-mile stretch of Arizona Highway 79 is out of this world. If you’re a devotee of desert gardens, this stretch of highway known at the Pinal Pioneer Parkway is not to be missed. I stopped often to...More

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